I started Agents of Shield a few weeks ago when it dropped on Netflix. I'll have to catch up and start keeping tabs on it as we head into Ultron because the Winter Soldier episodes were pretty good, IMO.
The best part is that they're building up characters for later Marvel movies. I mean, I wasn't exaclt subtle that "Odin" ordered Lorelei back to Asgard...
And I think we're going to get some shennanigans with Inhumans to build up some of the Civil War stuff. They don't need X-Men, as they've already established that there are "gifted" people all over the place (in Agents). One more thing to consider: the Infinity Stone in Loki's scepter seems like it might have something to do with the creation of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. If someone just starts blasting out cosmic voodoo from that, I could see several unwilling "mutants" get created to help drive the storyline, too.
Regardless, I will like how these stories interweave with the Phase 3 films. Phase 2 relied pretty heavily on existing characters (Iron Man, Captain, Thor), but the breakout hit was definitely Guardians, which allows for much more development of non-Avengers characters, especially paired with a running TV show that is part of the MCU.
On second thought, let's not go to TechReport. Tis a silly place.